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JOURNAL 

OF PROCEEDINGS OF 

AN ADJOURNED CONVENTION 

OF 

BISHOPS. CLERGYMEN AND LAYMEN 




CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA, 

Held in Christ Clxurcli, ColmxLbia, Soiatli. Carolina, 

From Oct. IGth to Oct. 24th, inclusive, 

in the year op our lord . , 

1861. 



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JOURNAL 

OF PROCEEDINGS OF 

AN ADJOURNED CONVENTION 

OF 

BISHOPS, CLERGYMEN AND LAYMEN 

OF THE 




CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA, 

Held. in. Christ Church., Columhia, South. Carolina? 

From Oct. 16th to Oct. 24th, inclusive, 
in the year of our lord 

1861. 



MONTGOMERY: 

Montgomery advertiser job printing office, 
1861. 



fist of §isI]oj?s m % (Jmtfeberats States. 



The Right Rev. WILLIAM MEADE, of Virginia. 

The Right Rev. JAMES HERVEY OTEY, of Tennessee. 

The *Right Rev. LEONID AS POLK, of Louisiana. 

The Right Rev. STEPHEN ELLIOTT, of Georgia. 

The Right Rev. JOHN JOHNS, of Virginia. 

The Right Rev. WILLIAM MERCER GREEN, of Mississippi. 

The Right Rev. FRANCIS HITGER RUTLEDGE, of Florida. 

The Right Rev. THOMAS FREDERICK DAVIS, of South 

Carolina. 
The Right Rev. THOMAS ATKINSON, of North Carolina. 
The Right Rev. ALEXANDER GREGG, of Texas. 
The Right Rev. HENRY CHAMPLIN LAY, Missionary 

Bishop of the South West. 

*Absent. 



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CLERICAL DEPUTIES. 

Virginia. — Rev. Richard H. Wilmer, Richmond. 

Rev. William Sparrow, Theo. Sem. Fairfax co» 
Rev. Joshua Peterkin, Richmond. 

JSForth Carolina. — Rev. Richard S. Mason, Raleigh. 
Rev. F. M. Hubbard, Chapel Hill. 
Rev. M. A. Curtis, Hillsboro. 

South Carolina. — Rev. Peter J. Shand, Columbia. 
Rev. C. C. Pinckney, Jr., Charleston. 
Rev. Paul Trapier, Camden. 

Georgia. — Rev. William C. Williams, Savannah. 
Rev. William H. Clarke, Augusta. 
Rev. Henry K. Rees, Macon. ,J 

Florida. — *Rev. Jackson J. Scott, Pensacola. 

*Rev. William J. Ellis, Tallahassee. 
Rev. H. H. Hewett, 

Tennessee. — *Rev. David Pise, Columbia. 

Rev. Richard Hines, Memphis. 
Rev. J. W. Rogers, Somerville. 

Alabama. — *Rev. J. M. Banister, Huntsville. 

Rev. John M. Mitchell, Montgomery. 

Rev. Henry N. Pierce, Mobile. 
Mississippi. — Rev. F. A. P. Barnard, Oxford. 

Rev. W. C. Crane, Jackson. 

*Rev. Henry Sansom, 

Louisiana. — Rev. W. T. Leacock, New Orleans. 

♦Rev. D. S. Lewis, 

*Rev. C. S. Hedges, 
Texas. — *Rev. Benj. Eaton, Galveston. 

*Rev. Charles Gillette, Austin. 

*Rev. L. H. Jones, San Antonio. 
♦Absent. 



LAY DEPUTIES. 

Virginia. — *Thomas S. Gholson, Petersburg. 
Phillip "Williams, Winchester. 
Richard H. Cunningham, 

North Carolina.— William H. Battle, Chapel Hill. 
Richard H. Smith, Scotland Neck. 
A. J. DeRosset, Wilmington. 

South Carolina. — R. F. TV. Allston, Charleston. 
J. K. Sass, 
William E. Martin, 

Georgia. — *Geo. A. Gordon, Savannah. 
L. X. W T hittle, Macon. 
*A. H. Chappell, Columbus. 

•Florida. — Geo. R. Fairbanks, St. Augustine. 
John Beard, Tallahassee. 
*A. Baldwin, 

Alabama. — *A. W. Ellerbe, Liberty Hill. 

John D. Phelan, Montgomery. 
Charles T. Pollard, Montgomery. 

Jlississijypi. — *John Duncan, Jackson. 
*T. E. B. Pegues, Oxford. 
TV. C. Smedes, Jackson. 

Louisiana. — *George S. Guion, Thibodeaux. 
*Alex. Montgomery. 
*J. M. Davidson. 

Texas. — *TV. P. Gray, Houston. 

*A. M. Lewis, Brenham. 
• *S. M. Swenson, Austin. 
*Absent. 



CLERGYMEN PRESENT BUT NOT DEPUTIES, 

Rev. Robert Nelson, Missionary to China. 
Rev. W. C. Butler, Virginia. 

" O. S. Barton, 

" J. M. Pringle, South Carolina. 

" C. B. Walker, " 

" C. P. Gadsden, " 

" J. D. McCullough, " 

"_ J. S. Kidney, ' 

" L. C. Lance, " 

" Alex. Glennie, " 

" Edward Reed, " 

" T. L. Haughton, North Carolina. 

" G. M. Everhart, " 

" A. Sniedes, " 



PROCEEDINGS. 



FIRST DAY'S SESSION. 



Christ Church, Columbia, S. C, ) 
October 16 th, 1861. \ 
This "being the time and place to which the Convention of 
Bishops, Clergymen and Laymen of the Protestant Episcopal 
Church in the Confederate States of America, adjourned at 
Montgomery, Alabama, on the 6th day of July, 1861, Divine 
Service was celebrated in Christ Church. 

Morning Prayer was read by the Rev. Joshua Peterkin, of the 
Diocese of Virginia, and the Rev. F. M. Hubbard, of the Dio- 
cese of North Carolina. 

The Ante-Communion Service was read by the Right Rev. 
James Hervey Otey, Bishop of the Diocese of Tennessee, the 
Right Rev. Thomas Atkinson, Bishop of the Diocese of North 
Carolina, reading the Epistle, and the Right Rev. Stephen Elliott, 
Bishop of the Diocese of Georgia, the Gospel. 

A Sermon was preached by the Right Rev. William Meade, 
Bishop of the Diocese of Virginia, from Gal. VI. 14 : " But 
God forbid that I should glory, save in the Cross of our Lord 
Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I 
unto the world." 

The Communion Service was read by the Bishop of Tennessee, 
the elements being ministered to the other Bishops present by 
Bishop Meade, and by them to the Clergy and a large number 
of Laity. 

The Convention was then called to order by the Right Rev. 
Stephen Elliott, Bishop of the Diocese of Georgia, and the 
Secretary having called the roll of the Deputies to the Conven- 
tion at Montgomery, Alabama, July 3d, 1861, the following 
answered to their names, to- wit : 



OF THE EPISCOPAL ORDER. 

The Right Rev. Stephen Elliott, Bishop of Georgia. 

" " Wm. M. Green, " " Mississippi. 

" " " F. H. Rutledge, " " Florida. 

" " . Thos. F. Davis, " " S. Carolina. 

" " " Alex. Gregg, " " Texas. 

CLERICAL DEPUTIES. 

Alabama. — Rev. John M. Mitchell, Rev. Henry N. Pierce. 
Georgia. — Rev. W. C. Williams, Rev. H. K. Rees. 
Mississippi. — Rev. F. A. P. Barnard, Rev. W. C. Crane. 
South Carolina. — Rev. P. J. Shand, Rev. Paul Trapier. 

LAY DEPUTIES. 

Alabama. — John D. Phelan, Charles T. Pollard. 
Florida. — G. R. Fairbanks, John Beard. 
Georgia. — L. N". Whittle. 
South Carolina. — R. F. W. Allston. 

The Right Rev. President then stated that in obedience to a 
Resolution passed in Convention at Montgomery, Alabama, he 
had sent a communication to the Ecclesiastical Authorities of 
the Dioceses, which, when the circular calling the Convention at 
Montgomery was issued, were not, but which are now, within 
the Confederate States of America, inviting them to take the 
requisite steps for the representation of their Dioceses in this Ad- 
journed Convention, and directed the Secretary to call the 
names of the Bishops of said Dioceses ; whereupon the following 
appeared and took seats in the Convention, to-wit : 
The Right Rev. William Meade, Bishop of Virginia. 
The Right Rev. James H. Otey, Bishop of Tennessee. , 
The Right Rev. John Johns, Assistant Bishop of Virginia. 
The Right Rev. Thos. Atkinson, Bishop of North Carolina. 
The Right Rev. Henry C. Lay, Missionary Bishop of the South 
West. 

The Secretary then read certificates attesting the election of 
the following Deputies, to-wit : 



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CLERICAL DEPUTIES. 

Virginia. — Rev. Richard H. Wilnier, Rev. William Sparrow, 
Rev. Joshua Peterkin. 

North Carolina. — Rev. R. S. Mason, Rev. F. M. Hubbard, Rev. 
M. A. Curtis, Principals ; Rev. James B. 
Christian, Rev. J. C. Hunter, Rev. Edwin 
Greer, Alternates. 

LAY DEPUTIES. 

Virginia. — Thomas S. G'holson, Phillip Williams, Richard H. 
Cunningham. 

North Carolina. — Thomas Ruffin, W. H. Battle, Richard H. 
Smith, Principals ; A. J. DeRosset, S. F. 
Patterson, John H. Bryan, Alternates. 

Their names being called, the following answered, and took 
their seats in the Convention, to-wit : 
Virginia. — Rev. Messrs. Wilmer and Peterkin, and Messrs. 

Williams and Cunningham. 
North Carolina. — Rev. Messrs. Mason, Hubbard and Curtis. 

The Convention was then declared duly organized, and the 
Right Rev. the Bishop of Georgia, retiring from the Presidency 
of the Convention, called to the Chair the Senior Bishop present, 
the Right Rev. William Meade, Bishop of Virginia. 

On motion of the Rev. Mr. Mitchell, 

Resolved, That any Clergymen present, who are not Deputies to the 
Convention, be invited to honorary seats in the Convention. 

The Right Rev. the Bishop of Georgia made a verbal Report 
on behalf of the Committee appointed at Montgomery, to issue 
a Pastoral Letter in behalf of the cause of Missions, stating that 
such a letter had been written and published in the Church 
papers. He also stated that Mr. J. K. Sass and Mr. Henry 
Trescott had responded affirmatively to the Resolution of the 
Convention at Montgomery, requesting them to act as agents of 
the Dioceses in the Confederate States, to receive and disburse 
Missionary Contributions. 

On motion of Rev. Mr. Mitchell, 

Ordered, That No. 1 of the Rules of Order be amended by striking 
out "9 o'clock" and inserting "10 o'clock." 

Adjourned till to-morrow morning. 



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SECOND DAY'S SESSION". 

Columbia, S. C., Oct. 17th, 1861. 

Convention met pursuant to adjournment. 

Morning Prayer was read by Rev. Mr. Wilmer, of the Diocese 
of Virginia. 

Present, as on yesterday, with the addition of Rev. William 
Sparrow, of Virginia, Rev. W. T. Leacock, of Louisiana ; Rev. 
W. H. Clarke, of Georgia ; Rev. C. C. Pinckney, Jr., of South 
Carolina ; Rev. H. H. Hewett, of Florida ; Messrs. R. H. Smith 
and A. J. DeRossett, of North Carolina ; William E. Martin, 
of South Carolina, and W. C. Smedes, of Mississippi. 

The minutes were read and confirmed. 

The Secretary read a certificate attesting the appointment of 
Rev. Richard Hines as a Clerical Deputy from the Diocese of 
Tennessee, who appeared and took his seat in the Convention. 

Bishop Elliott, on behalf of the Committee to prepare a 
Constitution and Canons, reported the following draft of a 

CONSTITUTION 

PROPOSED FOR THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN THE CONFEDERATE 
STATES OF AMERICA. 

Article I. This Church shall be called "The Protestant Episco- 
2 pal Church in the Confederate States of America." 

Article II. In this Church there shall always be three orders of 
2 Ministers: Bishops, Priests and Deacons. 

Article III. There shall be in this Church a Confederate Council, 

2 in which all the Provinces of this Confederation shall be represnted. 

3 There shall be also Provincial Councils and Diocesan Councils. 

4 For the purposes of representation in the Confederate Council, 

5 each State shall hereafter be designated as a Province. 

Article IV. The Confederate Council of this Church shall meet 

2 on the second Wednesday of January in every third year, from the 

3 year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and 

4 in such place as shall be determined by the Council. 

5 In case there shall be an epidemic disease, or other good cause 

6 to render it necessary to alter the place appointed for such meet- 



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7 ing, the Presiding Bishop shall have it in his power to designate 

8 another convenient place for the holding of such Council ; and 

9 special meetings may be called at other times in the manner here- 

10 after to be determined. 

11 The Confederate Council shall consist of two Houses, severally 

12 designated, The House of Bishops and The House of Deputies. 

13 The House of Bishops shall be composed of all Bishops of this 

14 Church, having jurisdiction within the Confederate States or the 

15 Territories thereof. 

16 All the Diocesan Bishops shall have seats in the House of Bish- 

17 ops, and shall participate in its counsels, but the Diocesan Bishops 

18 of a Province shall together have but one vote, which shall be cast 

19 by the Senior Bishop of the Bishops present from the Proviuce. 

20 The House of Deputies shall always be composed of an equal 

21 clerical and lay representation from each Province. Such repre- 

22 sentation shall consist of not more than five Clergymen, and five 

23 Laymen communicants in this Church, resident in the Province, and 

24 elected by the Council thereof. 

25 Before they shall proceed to business, a majority of the Provin- 

26 ces, which shall have adopted this Constitution, shall be represented 

27 in the Council. The representations from two Provinces shall be 

28 sufficient to adjourn. 

29 In jill business of the Council, freedom of debate shall be al- 

30 lowed. 

31 Each House shall have a right to ori inate acts ; and, when any 

32 act shall have been passed in either House, it shall be transmitted 

33 to the other House for its consideration. No act shall have the 

34 operation of law, unless concurred in, and authenticated by both 

35 Houses. 

36 When any proposed act shall have passed the House of Depu- 

37 ties, and shall be negatived by the House of Bishops, the House of 

38 Bishops shall, when requested by the House of Deputies, signify 



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39 to it in writing the reasons for non-concurrence, within three days 

40 after such request shall have been made. 

41 In all questions, when required by the clerical or lay represen- 

42 tation from any Province, each order shall have one vote, and the 

43 majority of suffrages by Provinces shall be conclusive in each or- 

44 der : Provided, such majority comprehend a majority of the Prov- 

45 vinces represented in that order. The concurrence of both orders 

46 shall be necessary in such case to constitute a vote of the House. 

47 If the Council of any Province should omit or decline to elect 

48 Clerical Deputies to the Confederate Council, or should omit or de- 

49 cliue to elect Lay Deputies, or if any of those of either order 

50 elected should fail to attend, such Province shall, nevertheless, be 

51 considered as duly represented by such Deputy or Deputies as may 

52 attend, whether lay or clerical. And if, through the neglect of the 

53 Council of any of the Provinces, which shall have adopted this 

54 Constitution, no Deputy, either lay or clerical, should attend any 

55 Confederate Council, the Church in such Province, shall, neverthe- 

56 less, be bound by tho acts of such Council. 

Article V. There shall be held, at least once in every three 

2 years, in each Province, a Provincial Council, which shall be made 

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3 up of all the Bishops having the jurisdiction within the Province, 

4 and of such representatives, clerical and lay, from the Dioceses 

5 within the Province as maybe determined upon by the Provincial 

6 Council itself. If there be more than one Bishop within the Pro- 

7 vince, the senior Bishop, by consecration, shall preside in the Pro- 

8 vincial Council, and when there shall be three, or more than three 

9 Bishops, they shall form a separate house. 

10 The Council of snch Province shall legislate for all Dioceses 

11 within the Province, and its acts shall be of force within all the 

12 Dioceses embraced within the Province. It shall also elect the Dep- 

13 uties of the Province to the Confederate Council. 

14 There shall be held annually, in each Diocese, a Diocesan Coun- 



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15 cil, to be composed of the Bishop or Bishops of the Diocese, and 

16 of a lay and clerical representation from each Parish of the Dio» 

17 cese. This council shall legislate for only Diocesan purposes. 

18 But, until a Province is divided into two or more Dioceses, 

19 there shall be no Provincial Couucil, and the Diocesan Council 

20 shall perform all the functions of the Provincial Council. 

Article YL The Bishop or Bishops, in each Diocese, shall be 

2 chosen agreeably to such rules as shall be prescribed by the Coun* 

3 cil of that Diocese, and every Bishop of this Church shall confine 

4 the exercise of his Episcopal office to his proper Diocese, unless 

5 requested to perform any act of that office by the ecclesiastical au- 

6 thority of any other Diocese. 

Article VII. A new Province, formed in any of the Confed- 

2 erate States, or in any Territory thereof, not now represented, may, 

3 at any time hereafter, be admitted to union with, and representa- 

4 tion in, the Confederate Council of this Church, on acceding to this 

5 Constitution. 

6 New Dioceses may be formed within the limits of any existing 

7 Province, with the concurrent consent of the Council and Bishop 

8 or Bishops of said Province. 

9 In case a Province or Diocese shall be divided into two or more 

10 Dioceses, the Diocesan of the Province or Diocese so divided may 

11 elect the Diocese to which he will be attached, and shall become 

12 the Diocesan thereof. And of the remaining Dioceses, if there be 

13 more than one, the Assistant Bishop, if there be one, may elect the 

14 Diocese to which he will be attached, and shall be the Diocesan 

15 thereof; or, if there remain only one Diocese, he shall be its Dio- 

16 cesan. 

Article YIII. The mode of trying Bishops shall be provided 

2 by the Confederate Council, The court appointed for that purpose 

3 shall be composed of Bishops only. 

4 In every Diocese, the mode of trying Presbyters and Deacons 



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5 shall be prescribed by the Council of the Province within which 

6 the Diocese is embraced. 

7 None but a Bishop shall pronounce sentence of admonition, 

8 suspension, or degradation from the ministry, on any clergyman, 

9 whether Bishop, Presbyter, or Deacon. 

Article IX. No person shall be admitted to Holy Orders, 

2 until he shall have been examined by the Bishop and by two 

3 Presbyters, and shall have exhibited such testimonials and other 

4 requisites as the Canons in that case provided may direct. 

5 Nor shall any person be ordained either Deacon or Priest, 

6 until he shall have subscribed the following^declaration, viz : 

7 "I" do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to 

8 be the Word of God, and to contain all things necessary to salvation ; 

9 and I do solemnly engage to conform to the Doctrines and Worship of 

10 the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States." 

11 No person ordained by a foreign Bishop shall be permitted to 

12 officiate as a minister of this Church, until he shall have complied 

13 with the Canon or Canons in such case provided, and have also 

14 subscribed the aforesaid declaration. 

Article X. A Book of Common Prayer, Administration of 

2 the Sacraments, and Rights and Ceremonies of the Church, Arti- 

3 cles of Eeligion, and a form and manner of making, ordaining 

4 and consecrating Bishops, Priests and Deacons, when established 

5 by this or a future Confederate Council, shall be used in those 

6 Provinces which shall have adopted this Constitution. No alter- 

7 ation or addition shall be made in the Book of Common Prayer, 

8 or other offices of the Church, or the Articles of Religion, unless 

9 the same shall be proposed in one Confederate Council, and by a 

10 resolution thereof made known to the Council of every Province, 

11 and adopted at the subsequent Confederate Council. 

Article XI. Bishops for foreign countries may, on due ap- 
2 plication therefrom, be consecrated, with the approbation of a ma- 



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3 jority of the Bishops of this Church, signified in writing to the 

4 Presiding Bishop ; he thereupon taking order for the same, and 

5 they being satisfied that the person designated for the office has 

6 been duly chosen and is properly qualified. 

7 The Order for such]Consecration shall be conformed, as nearly 
8. as may be in the judgment of the Bishops, to the one used in 
9 this Church. 

10 Bishops, so consecrated, shall not be eligible to the office of 

11 Diocesan or Assistant Bishop in any Diccese in the Confederate 

12 States, nor be entitled to a seat in the House of Bishops, nor ex- 

13 ercise any authority in the said States. 

Article XII. Any alteration in this Constitution shall be 

2 originated in the Confederate Council. When adopted in one 

3 Confederate Council by a majority of the House of Bishops and 

4 by a majority of the House of Deputies, said deputies voting by 

5 Provinces and orders, such alteration shall be made known to the 

6 several Provincial Councils, and, if agreed to by two-thirds of 

7 them, shall be ratified in the ensuing Confederate Council. 

On motion of Bishop Elliott, Mr. Phillip Williams, of Vir- 
ginia, and Mr. R. H. Smith, of North Carolina, were added to 
the Committee on Constitution and Canons. 

On motion of Mr. Williams, the Convention then adjourned 
till to-morrow morning:. 



THIRD DAYS SESSION. 

Columbia, Oct. 18th, 1861. 

Convention met at 10 o'clock, A. M. 

Morning prayer was read by the Rev. Mr. Hines, of the Dio- 
cese of Tennessee. 

The Convention was called to order by the Rt. Rev., the 
Bishop of Tennessee. 

On the call of the roll, Mr. W. C. Smedes, Lay Deputy from 
the Diocese of Mississippi, not before present, appeared and 
took his seat in Convention. 



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The minutes of yesterday's proceedings were read and con- 
firmed. 

Bishop Otey yielded the chair to the Rt. Rev. President- 
Bishop Meade. 

Bishop Elliott read a communication from Mr. J. K. Sass, of 
Charleston, S. C, stating the amount of contributions in his 
hands, as agent for Domestic Missions in the Dioceses of the 
Confederate States. 

The proposed Constitution reported by the Committee was 
then taken up, to be considered article by article. 

Rev. Mr. Hines moved that Article I. be amended by striking 
out the words "Protestant Episcopal," and inserting the words 
"Reformed Catholic." 

The motion was seconded, and, pending the discussion of it, 
the Convention adjourned till to-morroAV morning. 



Fourth day's session. 

Columbia, Oct. 19, 1861. 

Convention met pursuant to adjournment. 

Morning prayer was read by the Rev. Mr. Clarke, of the Dio- 
cese of Georgia. 

The Convention was called to order by the Rt. Rev. Presi- 
dent. 

Mr. W. H. Battle, Lay Deputy from the Diocese of North 
Carolina, not before present, answered to the call of his name 
and took his seat in the Convention. 

A certificate was read by the Secretary, attesting the appoint- 
ment by the Bishop of South Carolina, of Mr. J. K. Sass, as a 
Lay Deputy in the place of Edward McCready, Sr., not in at- 
tendance. 

The Secretary announced the proffer, by sundry Rail Road 
officers, to the members of the Convention, on the exhibition 
of a certificate of their membership signed by the Secretary of 
the Convention, return tickets free of charge over the Roads 
by which they came to the Convention, and to which they then 
paid full fare. 

On motion of Rev. Mr. Williams, 

Resolved, That on and after Monday next, the Convention will take 
a recess from 3 o'clock, P. M. till 7 P. M. 

On motion of Rev. Mr. Wilmer, 



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Ordered, That during the further discussion of -Art. I. of the Con- 
stitution, no member be allowed to speak more than ten minutes, 
and that the question be put as early as 1 o'clock this P. M. 

Leave was granted to Rev. Mr. Trapier to absent himself from 
the Convention from 1^- o'clock this P. M. till Monday. 

At 1 o'clock the Rt. Rev. President declared the time arrived 
for taking the vote on the amendment offered by the Rev. Mr. 
Hines to Art. I. of the proposed Constitution. 

The Diocese of Georgia called for the vote by Dioceses and 
Orders, and it was taken accordingly with the following result : 

Bishops — Ayes 3, Nays 7. 

Clergy — Dioceses represented, 9 — Ayes 2, Nays 7. 

Laity— " " 6— Nays 5, Divided 1. 

BISHOPS VOTING IN THE AFFRMATIVE. 

The Rt. Reverend Jas. H. Otey, W. M. Green, Thomas 
Atkinson — Aye. 

DIOCESES VK3TING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE. 
CLERGY". 

Tennessee. — Rev. Richard Hines — Aye. 
Florida. — Rev. Mr. Hewitt — Aye. 

BISHOPS VOTING IN THE NEGATIVE. 

The Right Reverend Wm. Meade, Stephen Elliott, John 
Johns, F. H. Rutledge, T. F. Davis, Alex. Gregg, H. C. 
Lay — Nay. 

DIOCESES VOTING IN THE NEGATIVE, 
CLERGV, 

Yirgiaia — Rev. Messrs. R. H. Winner, Wm. Sparrow, J. 
Peterkin — Nay. 

Louisiana. — Rev. W. T. Leacock. — Nay. 

Georgia. — Rev. Messrs. W. C. Williams, W. H. Clarke, 
H. K. Rees — Nay. 

Mississippi. — Rev. W. C. Crane — Nay. 

South Carolina. — Rev. Messrs. C. C. Pinckney, P. Trapier — 
Nay. 

North Carolina. — Rev. Messrs. R. S. Mason, F. M. Hub- 
bard, M. A. Curtis — Nay. 

Alabama. — Rev. Messrs. J. M. Mitchell, H. N. Pierce — Nay. 

LAITV. 

Virginia. — Phillip Williams, R. H. Cunningham — Nay. 
Georgia. — L. N. Whittle — Nay. 
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South Carolina.— U. W. F. Allston, W. E. Martin, J. K, 
Sass — Nay, 

North Carolina.— W. H. Battle, R. H. Smith, A. J. De- 
Rosset — Nay. 

Alabama. — Jno. D. Phelan — Nay. 

DIVIDED 

Florida. — Jno. Beard — Aye. — G. R. Fairbanks — Nay. 

So the amendment was lost. 

The consideration of the Art., as reported, being resumed, 
the Committee, by leave, amended it so as to read : 

" This Church, retaining the name, ' Protestant Episcopal,' 
shall be known as the Protestant Episcopal Church in the 
Confederate States op America." 

Mr. Phelan moved to strike out all after the words " Article 
1." and insert as follows: "This Church shall be called the 
Episcopal Cburch in the Confederate States of America." 

The vote being taken by Dioceses and Orders, the Secretary 
reported the result as follows : 

J3ishops — Ayes 2, Nays 1. 

Clergy. — Dioceses represented, 9 — Ayes 2, Nays V. 

Laity. — " " 6 — Aye 1, Nays 4„ 

Divided, 1. 

BISHOPS VOTING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE. 

Right Rev. J. H. Otey, Rt. Rev. W. M. Green. 

DIOCESES VOTING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE. 
CLERGY. 

Tennessee. — Rev. R. Hines — Aye. 
Florida. — Rev. H. H. Hewitt — Aye. 

LAITY. 

Alabama. — Mr. Phelan — Aye. 

BISHOPS VOTING IN THE NEGATIVE. 

Rt. Rev. Wm. Meade, Rt. Rev. S. Elliott, Rt. Rev. J, 
Johns, Rt. Rev. F. H. Rutledge, Rt. Rev. Thos. F. Davis, 
Rt. Rev. Thos. Atkinson, Rt. Rev. Alex. Gregg, Rt. Rev. H„ 
C. Lay — Nay. 

DIOCESES VOTING IN THE NEGATIVE. 
CLERGY. 

Virginia. — Rev. R. H. Wilmer, Rev. W. Sparrow, Rev. 
Joshua Peterkin — Nay. 

Louisiana. — Rev. W. T. Leacock — Nay. 



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Georgia.— Rev. W. C. Williams, Rev. W. C. Clarke, Rev. 
H. K. Rees— Nay. 

Mississippi. — Rev. W. C. Crane — Nay. 

North Carolina — 'Rev. R. S. Mason, Rev. F. M. Hubbard, 
Rev. M. A. Curtis— Nay. 

South Carolina. — Rev. C. C. Pinckney, Rev. P. Trapier — 
Nay. 

Alabama. — Rev. J. M. Mitchell, Rev. H. 1ST. Pierce — Nay. 

LAITV. 

Virginia — P. Williams, R. H. Cunningham — Nay. 

Georgia, — L. 1ST. Whittle — Nay. 

North Carolina— W. H. Battle, R. H. Smith, A. J. De- 
Rosset — Nay. 

South Carolina,— R. F. W. Allston, W. E. Martin, J. K. 
Sass — Nay, 

DIVIDED. 

Florida. — John Beard — Aye. — G. R. Fairbanks — Nay. 

The President declared the amendment lost. 

The Article, as amended by the Committee, was then adopted 
by the following vote, to wit : 

Of the Episcopal Order — Ayes 5, Nays 3. 

Of the Clerical Order — Dioceses represented, 9 — Ayes 7, 
Nays 2, 

Of the Laity — Dioceses represented, 6 — Ayes 4, Nays 1, Di- 
vided 1. 

BISHPS VOTING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE. 

Right Rev. Wm. Meade, Right Rev. Stephen Elliott, Right 
Rev. John Johns, Right Rev. F. H. Rutledge, Right Rev. T. F. 
Davis, Right Rev. Alexander Gregg, Right Rev. Henry C. Lay 

— Aye. 

DIOCESES VOTING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE. 
CLERGY. 

Virginia. — Rev. R. H. Wilmer, Rev. Wm. Sparrow, Rev. 
Joshua Peterkin — Aye. 

Louisiana.— Rev. W. T, Leacock— Aye. 

Georgia.— Rev. W. C. Williams, Rev. W. H. Clarke, Rev. 
H. K. Rees — Aye. 

Mississippi. — Rev. W. C. Crane — Aye. 

North Carolina. — Rev. F. M. Hubbard, Rev. M. A. Curtis — ■ 
Aye. Rev. R. S. Mason— Nay. 



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South Carolina.-— Hey . C. C. Pinckney, Rev, P. Trapier—* 
Aye. 
Alabama.-— Hey. J. M. Mitchell, Rev. H. N. Pierce — Aye. 

LAITi'. 

Virginia.— -P '. Williams, R. H. Cunningham— - Aye. 

Georgia. — L. N". Whittle— Aye. 

North Carolina.— W '. H. Battle, R. H. Smith, A. J. De- 
Rosset-— Aye. 

South Carolina.— -R. F. W. Allston, W. E. Martin, J. K, 
Sass — Aye. 

BISHOPS TOTING IN THE NEGATIVE. 

Right Rev. James H. Otey, Right Rev. Wm. M. Green, 
Right Rev. Thomas Atkinson — Nay. 

dioceses voting in the negative. 

CLERGY. 

Tennessee. — Rev. Richard Hines — Nay. 
Florida. — Rev. H. H. Hewitt — Nay. 

LAITY. 

Alabama. — John D. Phelan — Nay. 

DIVIDED. 

Florida. — G. R. Fairbanks — Nay. John Beard— Aye. 

On motion of Rev. Mr. Williams, Article II. was laid on 
the table for the present. 

Rev. Mr. Crane moved that Article III. be adopted. Mr, 
Phelan seconded the motion, and the Convention adjourned till 
Monday morning. 



fifth day's SESSION. 

Columbia, Oct. 21, 1861. 

Convention met at 10 o'clock, A. M. 

Morning Prayer was read by the Rev, Mr. Hubbard, of the 
Diocese of N. C. 

Convention was called to order by the Right Rev., the Bishop 
of Tennessee. 

The minutes of Saturday's proceedings were read and con- 
firmed. 

The Right Rev. President took the Chair. 

Leave was granted to the Right Rev. H. C. Lay, and the 



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Rev. W. H. Clarke to record their votes on the three proposi- 
tions relative to Article I. voted on, last Saturday. 

On motion of Rev. Mr. Hubbard, the Secretary was ordered 
to return the thanks of the Convention to the several Rail Road 
companies which had proffered the members of the Convention 
return tickets free of charge. 

Leave of absence was granted to Mr. TV. E. Martin, of South 
Carolina, and to Mr. L. N. Whittle, of Georgia. 

On motion of Mr. Fairbanks, 

Resolved, That a Committee of three be appointed to ascertain and 
report the probable expenses of this and the preceding Conventions, 
and to apportion the same upon the respective Dioceses represented 
therein. 

The Right Rev. President appointed on the committee, 

Messrs.' Fairbanks, Allston and Phelan. 

On motion of Mr. Williams, of Ya., 

Ordered, That all speeches in the Convention be henceforth 
restricted to fifteen minutes. 

The Convention having resumed the consideration of the 
proposed Constitution, Rev. Mr. Williams moved to strike out 
of second line of Article III. the word " Provinces" and insert 
the word "Dioceses." 

The motion was seconded, and the Diocese of Mississippi 
called for a vote by Dioceses and Orders. 

The amendment was lost by the following vote : 

Of the Episcopal Order — Ayes 5, Nays 3. 

Of the Clerical Order — Dioceses represented 9 — Ayes 2, 
Nays 5. Divided 2. 

Of the Laity — Dioceses represented 5 — Ayes 2, Nays 2. Di- 
vided 1. 

BISHOPS VOTING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE. 

Right Rev. Wm. Meade, Right Rev. James H. Otey, Right 
Rev. John Johns, Right Rev. F. H. Rutledge, Right Rev, 
Alex. Gregg, Aye. 

DIOCESES VOTING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE. 
LAITY. 

Virginia, — Rev. R. H. Wilmer, Rev. Wm. Sparrow, Rev. J. 
Peterkin, Aye. 

Florida. — Rev. H. H. Hewitt, Aye. 

LAITY. 

Virginia. — P. Williams, R. H. Cunningham, Aye. 



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North Carolina. — W. H. Battle, R. H. Smith, Aye. A. J. 
DeRosset, Nay. 

DIOCESES VOTING IN THE NEGATIVE. 
CLERGY. 

Louisiana. — Rev. W* T. Leacock, Nay. 
Tennessee. — Rev. Richard Hines, Nay. 
Georgia. — Rev. W. H. Clarke, Rev. H. K. Rees, Nay. Rev. 
W. C. Williams, Aye. 

Mississippi. — Rev. W. C. Crane, Nay. 

Alabama. — Rev. -J. M. Mitchell, Rev. H. N. Pierce, Nay. 

LAITY. 

Florida. — John Beard, G. R. Fairbanks, Nay. 
Alabama. — John T>. Phelan, Nay. 

DIOCESES DIVIDED. 
CLERGY. 

North Carolina. — Rev. R. S. Mason, Aye. Rev. F. M. Hub- 
bard, Nay. 

South Carolina. — Rev. C. C. Pinckney, Aye, Rev. P. J. 
Shand, Nay. 

LAITY. 

South Carolina. — R. F. W. Allston, Aye. J. K. Sass, Nay. 

Mr. Allston moved to strike out the word " Provinces" and 
insert the word " States." Lost. 

Bishop Atkinson moved to strike out the Avord " Confeder- 
ate" before "Council" in the first line, and insert the word 
" National." Seconded. 

Mr. Smith moved to amend the amendment by substituting 
the word " General" for the word " National", which motion 
was lost. 

The amendment was also lost. 

Convention took a recess till 7 o'clock, P. M. 

EVENING SESSION. 

Convention resumed its session at 1 P. M. — Bishop Otey in 
the chair. 

Leave of absence was granted to Mr. Cunningham. 

Rev. Mr. Trapier returned and resumed his seat in the Con- 
vention. 

On motion of Bishop Elliott, Article III. of the proposed 
Constitution was laid on the table till to-morrow. 

Article IV. then coming up for consideration, on motion of 



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Bishop Gregg, the word "January" in the 2d line was stricken 
out and the word "November" inserted. 

On motion of Rev. Mr. Wilmer, the word " sixty-three" in 
the 3d line was stricken out and the word " sixty-two" inserted. 

On motion of Rev. Mr. Trapier, the words " shall have it in 
his power to" in the 7th line, were stricken out and the word 
" may" was inserted. 

On motion of Mr. Williams, of Va., the first clause of Arti- 
cle IV. was amended so as to read, as follows : 

" The Confederate Council of this Church shall meet on the sec- 
ond "Wednesday of November, in the year of our Lord 1862, at 

, and on the same day in every third year thereafter, at 

such place as shall be determined by the Council;" 

And the 1st and 2d clauses of Art. IV., thus amended, were 
adopted. 

On motion of Rev. Mr. Mason, the words " severally desig- 
nated", in the 11th and 12th lines, were stricken out ; and the 3d 
clause of Art. IV., thus amended, was adopted. r 

On motion, the 4th clause (13th, 14th, 15th lines) was adopted. 

On motion, the 5th clause (16th, 17th, 18th 19th lines) was 
laid on the table for the present. 

Leave was granted to the Committee to alter the 20th and 21st 
lines, so as to read as follows : " Each Province shall be enti- 
tled to an equal representation, Clerical and Lay, in the House 
of Deputies. 

On motion, the 6th and 7th clauses (from the 20th to the 
28th lines inclusive) were laid on the table for the present. 

On motion, the 8th clause (29th, 30th lines) was adopted. 

On motion of Bishop Elliott, the 9th and 10th clauses (from 
the 31st to the 40th Hues inclusive) were considered jointly. 
. Mr. Fairbanks moved to strike out the 10th clause (36, 37, 38, 
39, 40th lines.) 

The Dioceses of Tennessee and Florida called for a vote by 
Dioceses and Orders. 

The Secretary reported the vote as follows : 

Of the Episcopal Order — Aye 1, Nays 5. 

Of the Clerical Order — Dioceses represented — 8. Ayes 3 — 
Nays 5. 

Of the Laity — Dioceses represented — 5. Aye 1 — Nays 3« 
Divided 1. 

BISHOPS VOTING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE. 

Right Rev. Wm, M. Green — Aye. 



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DIOCESES VOTING IN THE AFFIRNATIVE. 

CLERGY. 

Tennessee. — Rev. Mr. Hines — Aye. 

Georgia.— Rev. Messrs. Williams, Clarke, Rees — Aye. 

Florida.— Rev. Mr. Hewitt — -Aye. 

LAITY. 

Alabama. — Mr. Phelan — Aye. 

BISHOPS VOTING IN THE NEGATIVE. 

Right Rev. J. H. Otey, Right Rev. S. Elliott, Right Rev. J/ 
Johns, Right Rev. T. Atkinson, Right Rev. A. Gregg--Nay. 

DIOCESES VOTING IN THE NEGATIVE. 
CLERGY. 

Virginia. — Rev.Messrs.Wihner, Sparrow and Peterkin — Nay. 
Mississippi. — Rev. Mr. Crane — Nay. 

South Carolina. — Rev. Messrs. Shand, Pinckney, and Tra- 
pier — ISTay. 

JSfortJi Carolina. — Rev. Messrs. Mason and Hubbard — Nay. 
Alabama. — Rev. Messrs. Mitchell and Pierce — Nay. 

LAITY. 

Virginia. — Messrs. Williams and Cunningham — Nay. 
South Carolina. — Messrs. Allston and Sass — Nay. 
North Carolina. — Messrs. Battle and Smith — Nay. Mr. De 
Rosset — Aye. 

DIVIDED. 

Florida. — Mr. Fairbanks — Aye. Mr. Beard — Nay. 

The President declared the amendment lost. 

Rev. Mr. Trapier moved to amend the 10th clause of Art. IV. 
by adding after the word " made" in the 40th line, the words, 
" in failure whereof the said act shall become a law." 

The motion was seconded, and the Bishop of Mississippi 
called for a vote by Dioceses and Orders. 

The Secretary reported the vote as follows : 

Of the Episcopal Order — Nays 6. 

Of the Clergy — Dioceses represented 8 — Ayes 1 — Nays 1. 

Of the Laity — Dioceses represented 5 — Ayes 1— Nays 3. Di- 
vided 1. 

DIOCESES VOTING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE. 
CLERGY. 

South Carolina.— Rev. Messrs. Shand and Trapier— Aye. 
Rev. Mr. Pinckney — Nay. 

LAITY. 

Virginia,— Messrs. Williams and Cunningham— Aye. 



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BISHOPS VOTING IN THE NEGATIVE. 

Right Rev. J. H. Otey, Right Rev. S. Elliott, Right Rev. J. 
Johns, Right Rev. W. M. Green, Right Rev. Thos. Atkinson, 
Right Rev. A. Gregg — Nay. 

DIOCESES VOTING IN THE NEGATIVE. 
CLERGY. 

Virginia. — Rev. Messrs. Wilmer and Peterkin— Nay. Rev. 
Mr. Sparrow — Aye. 

Tennessee. — Rev. Mr. Harris — Nay. 

Georgia. — Rev. Messrs. Williams, Clarke, Rees — Nay. 

Mississippi. — Rev. Mr. Crane — Nay. 

Florida. — Rev. Mr. Hewitt — Nay. 

North Carolina. — Rev. Messrs. Mason and Hubbard — Nay. 

LAITY. 

Florida. — Messrs. Fairbanks and Beard — Nay. 

North Carolina. — Messrs. Battle, Smith, DeRosset — Nay. 

Alabama. — Mr. Phelan — Nay. 

DIVIDED. 

South Carolina. — Mr. Allston — Aye. Mr. Sass — Nay. 
So the amendment was lost. 

The 9th and 10th clauses of Art. IV. were then, on motion of 
Bishop Elliott, adopted. 



sixth dats session. 

Columbia, Oct. 22, 1861. 

Convention met at 10 o'clock, A. M. 

Morning Prayer was read by Rev. Mr. Rees of the Diocese 
of Georgia. 

The Convention was called to order by the Bishop of Ten- 
nessee. The minutes were read, and, after amendment, con- 
firmed. 

The Secretary read the following petition, to wit : 

The delegation to this Convention, from the Diocese of Alabama, 
beg leave respectfully to petition the Convention to determine what, 
if any, provision can be made by this Convention for the consecra- 
tion of Bishops before the ratification, by the Diocesan Conventions 
in the Confederate States, of any Constitution or Canons adopted by 
this Convention. 

(Signed) JNO. M. MITCHELL. 

H. N. PIERCE. 
JNO. D. PHELAN. 



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On motion of the Rev. Mr. Mitchell, the petition was referred 
to a committee consisting of the three senior Bishops present 
in this Convention. 

On motion of the Rev. Mr. Pinckney, 

Resolved, That this Convention will adjourn finally on or before 
Friday next, the 25th inst. 

The Convention having resumed the consideration of Art. 
IV. of the proposed Constitution, on motion of the Bishop of 
Georgia, the 11th and 12th clauses (from the 41st to the 56th 
lines inclusive) were adopted. 

On motion of the same, the 5th clause (lines 16, 17, 18, 19) 
was taken from the table ; and, on motion of the Rev. Mr. 
Hines, the whole clause was stricken out. 

The 6th and 7th clauses (from the 20th to the 28th lines in- 
clusive) were then taken from the table, and Bishop Elliott 
moved to amend the first member of the 6th clause, as altered 
by the committee on yesterday, to wit : "Each Province shall 
be entitled to an equal representation, clerical and lay, in the 
House of Deputies" — by striking out the word " Province" 
and inserting the word "Diocese." 

Rev. Mr. Pierce moved to amend the amendment by substi- 
tuting the word " State " for the word " Diocese." Lost : 
Ayes 16— Nays 17. 

Bishop Elliott moved to lay his amendment on the table for 
the present, in order to take up Art. III. Lost. 

The question being put on the adoption of the amendment, the 
Diocese of Tennessee called for a vote by Dioceses and Orders; 
which resulted as follows : 

Of the Episcopal Order — Ayes 6, Nays 2. 

Of the Clergy — Dioceses represented, 9 — Ayes 6, Nays 2, 
Divided 1. 

Of the Laity — Diceses represented, 4 — Ayes 3, Divided 1. 

BISHOPS VOTING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE. 

Right Rev. J. H. Otey, Right Rev. J. Johns, Right Rev. F. 
H Rutledge, Right Rev. Tho's Atkinson, Right Rev. Alexander 
Gregg, Right Rev. H. C. Lay — Aye. 

DIOCESES VOTING IN THE AFFIRMATIVE. 
CLERGY. 

Virginia. — Rev. Messrs. Wilmer, Sparrow and Peterkin — 
Aye. 

Tennessee. — Rev. Mr. Hines — Aye. 



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Louisiana. — Rev. Mr. Leacock — Aye 

Florida. — Rev Mr. Hewitt — Aye. 

South Carolina. — Rev. Messrs. Pinckney and Trapier — Aye. 
Rev. Mr. Shand — Nay. 

North Carolina. — Rev. Messrs. Mason and Curtis — Aye. 
Rev. Mr. Hubbard — Nay. 

LAITY. 

Virginia. — Mr. Williams — Aye. 
Florida. — Messrs. Beard and Fairbanks — Aye. 
North Carolina. — Messrs. Battle, Smith and DeRosset — Aye. 

DIVIDED. 

South Carolina. — Mr. Sass — Aye. Mr. Allston — Nay. 

BISHOPS VOTING IN THE NEGATIVE. 

Right Rev. Stephen Elliott, Right Rev. W. M. Green— Nay. 

DIOCESES VOTING IN THE NEGATIVE. 
CLERGY. 

Mississippi. — Rev. Mr. Crane — Nay. 

Virginia. — Rev. Messrs. Clarke and Rees — Nay. Rev. Mr. 
Williams — Aye. 

DIVIDED. 

Alabama. — Rev. Mr. Pierce — Nay. Rev. Mr. Mitchell — Aye. 

So the amendment was adopted. 

On motion of Mr. Battle, the word " five " wherever it occurs 
in the 22d line, was stricken out, and the word "three" inserted. 

On motion of the same, the word " Province " in the 23d 
line was stricken out, and the word " Diocese " inserted. 

The sixth clause, thus amended, was then adopted. 

On motion of Bishop Elliott, the word " Provinces " in the 
25th line, and also in the 27th line, was stricken out, and the 
word " Dioceses " inserted. 

On motion of the same, the word " Province " in the 42d 
line, was stricken out, and the word " Diocese " inserted. 

On motion of the same, the word "Provinces" in the 28th 
line, and also in the 44th line, was stricken out, and the word 
" Dioceses " inserted ; the word " Province " in the 47th line, 
and in the 50th line, and also in the 55th line, was stricken out, 
and the word " Diocese " inserted ; and in the 53d line, the word 
"Provinces" was stricken out, and the word "Dioceses" 
inserted. 

Mr. Battle moved to fill the blank in Art. IV. left for the 
naming of the place where the Council shall first be held ; and 



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Huntsville, Alabama ; Richmond, Virginia ; and Augusta, Geor- 
gia ; having been put in nomination, the Convention, voting 
viva voce, decided to fill the blank with the words " Augusta, 
Georgia." •*- 

On motion of the Bishop of Georgia, Art. IV., so amended, 
was adopted. 

On motion of Bishop Elliott, Article III. of the proposed 
Constitution was then taken from the table. 

Mr. DeRosset moved to amend the 1st and 2d lines so as to 
read : " There shall be in this Church a Council, in which all 
the Dioceses of the Confederate States shall be represented." 

Rev. Mr. Pinckney moved to amend the amendment by in- 
serting the word " General " before the word " Council." Lost. 

The amendment offered by Mr. DeRosset was adopted. 

On motion of Bishop Elliott, the word " shall " in the third 
line, was stricken out, and the word " may " inserted. 

On motion of the same, the 4th and oth lines were stricken 
out ; and Art. III., thus amended, was adopted. 

Convention took a recess till 7 o'clock, P. M. 



EVENING SESSION. 

Bishop Otey in the Chair. 

On motion of Bishop Gregg, the President added the Rev. 
Mr. Clarke, of Ga., and Mr. J. K. Sass, of S. C, to the Com- 
mittee on Missions. 

On motion of Bishop Elliott, the vote by which Art. IV. of 
the proposed Constitution was adopted, was reconsidered. 

On motion of the same, the word " Confederate," in the 1st 
line, in the 11th line, in the 48th line, and in the 55th line, was 
stricken out. 

On motion, the words " the Council of," in the 47th line, were 
stricken out. 

On motion of Rev. Mr. Pierce, the words " of the Council " 
after the word " neglect," in the 5 2d line, were stricken out. 

On motion of Bishop Gregg, the word " any," in the 54th 
line, was stricken out, and the word " the " inserted. 

On motion, the words " of the Dioceses," in the 45th line, 
were stricken out, and the word " Diocese " was inserted. 



On motion of Mr. Beard, the word "therefrom" was inserted 
iv the word " Deputy," in the 54th line. 

On motion of Bishop Elliott, Art. IV., thus amended, was 
adopted. 

Art. V., then coming up for consideration, on motion of the 
Bishop of Georgia, all after the Words " Article V." to the word 
" shall," in the 2d line, was stricken out, and the following 
Words— " Whenever any one of tbe Confederate States shall 
contain more than one Diocese, said State may constitute an 
ecclesiastical Province, in which a Provincial Council may be 
held, at least once in every three years, which Provincial Coun- 
cil "—were inserted. 

On motion of the same, the word "Diocesan" was substi- 
stuted for the word "Provincial" in the 5th line, and the word 
v' thereof" for the word "itself" in the 6th line; and the first 
clause of Art. V., thus amended, was adopted. 

Bishop Elliott moved to strike out the whole of the clause, 
(lines 10, 11, 12, 13,) and insert the following: "Whenever 
such Council shall legislate, its acts shall he of force within all 
the Dioceses embraced within the Province." 

Bishop Atkinson moved to amend so as to read, "the legis- 
lative acts of the Provincial Council shall be of force within all 
the Dioceses embraced within the Council." Lost. 

Bishop Elliott's amendment was adopted. The second clause, 
thus amended, was adopted. 

Mr. Williams moved to add to the third clause of Art. V., 
the words — >"but its legislation shall not conflict with that of 
the Provincial Council of which it may form a part." Lost. 

The third clause (lines 14, 15, 16, 17,) was adopted. 

On motion of the Bishop of Georgia, the fourth clause of 
Art. V. (lines 15, 19, 20) was stricken out. 

On motion of the same, the first clause of Art. V., was re- 
considered, and amended by inserting between the word " may " 
and the word " constitute," the following words, " with the 
consent of all the Dioceses in said State," and the clause, thus 
amended, was adopted. 

On motion of the same, Art. V., as amended, was adopted ; 
and the Convention adjourned till to-morrow. 



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SEVENTH DAY'S SESSION. 

Columbia, S. C, Oct. 23, 1861. 
Convention met pursuant to adjournment. 
Morning Prayer was read by the Rev. Mr. Crane, of the 
Diocese of Mississippi. 

Convention was called to order by Bishop Otey. The minutes 
of yesterday's proceedings were read and confirmed. 

The Committee on Missions made a report, which, on motion 
of Rev. Mr. Trapier, was laid on the table for the present. 

The Convention having resumed the consideration of the 
proposed Constitution, on motion of the Bishop of Georgia, all 
between the words " Article VI." and the word " and," in the 
3d line, was stricken out, and the following inserted, to wit : 
"' The Bishop, or Bishops, in each Diocese, shall be chosen by 
the Council of that Diocese agreeably to such rules as it shall 
prescribe." 

Art. VI., as thus amended, was adopted. 

On motion, the word "Province," in the 1st line of Article 
VII. was stricken out, and the word " Confederate," in the 
4th line, was stricken out. 

On motion of Bishop Atkinson, the second clause of Art. VII., 
was amended so as to read : " A new Diocese may be formed 
within the limits of any existing Diocese with the consent of 
its Council and the Bishop or Bishops thereof, or if there be no 
Bishop, of the Ecclesiastical Authority thereof; and a new 
Diocese may be formed within the limits of two or more Dio- 
ceses with the like consent." 

On motion of Bishop Johns, the third clause of Art. VII. was 
amended so as to read : " In case a Diocese shall be divided into 
two or more Dioceses, the Diocesan of the Diocese so divided 
may elect the Diocese over which he will preside, and shall 
become the Diocesan thereof. And the Assistant Bishop, if 
there be one, may elect the Diocese to which he will be attached, 
and if it be not the one elected by the Bishop, he shall be its 
Diocesan." 

On motion of the Rev. Mr. Wilmer, the following words 
were added to the first clause of Article VII., after the word 
" Constitution " in the 5th line, to wit : " Provided, there were 
at the time of organizing, and are at the time of making appli- 



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cation for admission, at least sis officiating Presbyters within 
such Diocese regularly settled in a Parish or Church." 

On motion of Mr, Williams, the following words Were added 
to the second clause of Art. VII., to wit: "Provided no such 

new Diocese shall he formed which shall contain less than 

self-supporting Parishes, or less than — - — Presbyters, who have 
been for at least one year canonically resident within the bounds 
of such new Diocese, regularly settled in a Parish or Congrega- 
tion, and qualified to vote for a Bishop. Nor shall such new 
Diocese be formed if thereby any existing Diocese shall be so 

reduced as to contain less than self-supporting Parishes, or 

less than Presbyters who have been residing therein, and 

settled, and qualified, as above mentioned : Provided, that no 
city shall form more than one Diocese." 

Mr. Williams moved to fill the first blank in the amendment 
just adopted, with the word "fifteen." Lost. On motion of 
Rev. Mr. Hines, the blank wag filled with the word " ten." 

On motion of Rev. Mr. Pinckney the second blank was filled 
with the word " ten." 

On motion of Mr. Williams, the third blank was filled with 
the word " fifteen." 

The fourth blank was also filled with the word " fifteen." 

On motion of Rev. Mr. Wilmer, Art. VII., thus amended, 
Was adopted. 

Convention took a recess till 7 o'clock, P. M. 



" EVENING SESSION. 

The. Convention was called to order by Bishop Elliott, at 
whose request, the Bishop of Florida took the Chair. 

Convention resumed the consideration of the proposed Con- 
stitution. 

On motion of the Bishop of Ga., the word " Confederate," 
in the 2d line of Art. VIII., was stricken out, and the first 
clause, so amended, was adopted. 

On motion of the same, the word " Province," in the 5th line 
of Art. VIII., was stricken out, and the word " Diocese " in- 
serted ; and the words " within which the Diocese is embraced," 
in the 5th and 6th lines, were stricken out; and the second 
clause, thus amended, was adopted. 



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On motion of Rev. Mr. Mitchell, the third clause of Article 
VIII., was adopted without amendment. 

On motion of Bishop Elliott, Article VIII., thus amended, 
Was adopted. 

The first clause of Art. IX., was adopted without amendment. 

On motion of Mr. Smith, the words "in America," were 
added after the word "States," in the 10th line; and the 2d 
clause, (lines 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,) so amended, was adopted. 

The third clause was adopted without amendment, and Art. 
IX., thus amended, was adopted. 

On motion of Rishop Elliott, the word "Confederate," in the 
5th, in the 9th, and in the 11th lines of Article X., was stricken 
out ; the word " Provinces," in the 6th line, was stricken out, 
and the word " Dioceses " inserted, aud the word " Province," 
in the 10th line, was stricken out, and the word "Diocese" 
inserted. 

On motion of Mr. Allston, the words " approved by a ma- 
jority of the Diocesan Councils," were inserted after the word 
"Diocese," in the 10th line. 

On motion of Mr. Smith, the words, "this or a future," in 
the 5th line, were stricken out, and the word " the " was inserted. 

Article X., thus amended, was adopted. 

Article XI. was adopted without amendment. 

On motion, the word " Confederate," in the 2d line, and also 
in the 7th line of Article XII., was stricken out. 

The word "Provinces," in the 5th line, was stricken out, and 
the word " Dioceses " inserted ; and the word " ProA T incial," 
in the 6th line, was stricken out, and the word " Diocesan " 
inserted. 

Mr. Phelan moved to amend by striking out the words "shall 
be," in the 7th line, and inserting the word " and," and by add- 
ing after the word " Council," in the same line, the words : 
"the same shall be a part of this Constitution. 

Mr. Williams moved to amend the amendment by striking 
out all after the words " Art. XII.," and inserting the following : 

" Any alteration in this Constitution shall originate in the 
Council. When adopted in one Council, it shall be made known 
to the several Diocesan Councils, and if agreed to by a majority 
of them, and ratified by the ensuing Council, it shall be a part 
of the Constitution. Lost. 



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Mr. Williams moved to amend the amendment by striking 
out the words " two-thirds," in the 6th line, and inserting the 
word "majority." Lost. 

Mr. Phelan's amendment was then adopted. 

Convention then adopted Art. XII., thus amended. 

On motion of Bishop Elliott, Art. II. was taken from the 
table, and on motion of Bishop Atkinson, the whole of said 
Article was stricken out. 

On motion of Rev. Mr. Wilmer, the vote by which Article 
III. was adopted, was re-considered. 

Rev. Mr. Wilmer moved to insert the word " General " before 
the word "Council" in the 1st line of said Article. 

Mr. Battle moved to lay the amendment on the table. Lost. 

The words " Confederate," " Triennial," and " National " 
having been severally suggested as substitutes for the word 
c< General," the Convention, by a viva voce vote, on the second 
call of the Roll, elected the word " General ;" and the amend- 
ment of Rev. Mr. Wilmer was adopted, and Article III., thus 
amended, was adopted. 

On motion, the Secretaiy was instructed to prefix the word 
" General " to the word " Council," wherever in the Constitu- 
tion it may be necessary to make said Constitution accord with 
the action thus taken on Article III. 

On motion of Mr. DeRosset, the vote by which Article X. 
was adopted, was re-considered. 

Mr. DeRosset moved to amend said Article by striking out 
all after the words " shall be " in the 9th line, and inserting the 
following : " adopted in one General Council by a majority of 
the House of Bishops and by a majority of the House of Depu- 
ties, said Deputies voting by Dioceses and Orders, agreed to 
by two-thirds of the several Diocesan Councils, and ratified by 
the subsequent General Council." Lost. 

On motion, Article X. was adopted. 

On motion of Bishop Elliott, the proposed Constitution was 
referred to the Secretary with instructions to prepare a manu- 
script copy of the same, as amended by the Convention, and to 
lay the same before the Convention to-morrow morning for its 
final action. 

On motion, Convention adjourned till to-morrow. 
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EIGHTH DAY'S SESSION. 

Columbia, Oct. 24, 1861. 

Convention met at 10 o'clock, A. M. 

Morning Prayer was read by the Rev. Mi*. Pinckney, of the 
Diocese of S. C. t -' 

Bishop Otey called the Convention to order, and at his request 
Bishop Rutledge took the Chair. 

The minutes of yesterday's proceedings were read and con- 
firmed. 

On motion of Bishop Gregg, the Report of the Committee 
on Missions was taken from the table and re-committed to the 
Committee. 

On motion of the Bishop of Ga., the Secretary read his man- 
uscript copy of the proposed Constitution as amended by the 
Convention. 

The Secretary, by general consent, was allowed to strike out 
all of the 2d line of Article III. 

Mr. Williams moved to re-consider the vote by which Article 
V. was adopted. Lost. 

On motion of Bishop Elliott, the caption of the proposed Con- 
stitution was adopted and prefixed to the same, as follows : 



CONSTITUTION 

PROPOSED FOR 

THE PROTESTANT EPISCOPAL CHURCH 

IX THE 

CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA. 



Article I. This Church, retaining the name of Protestant 
Episcopal, shall be known as the " Protesta>tt Episcopal, 
Church ey the Co:n"eederate States oe America." 

Art. II. There shall be in this Church a General Council. 
There may be also Provincial Councils and Diocesan Councils. 

Art. III. The General Council of this Church shall meet on 
the second Wednesday in November, in the year of our Lord 
one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two, at Augusta, Ga., and 
on the same day in every third year thereafter, in such place as 
shall be determined by the Council. 

In case there shall be an epidemic disease, or other good cause 
to render it necessary to alter the place appointed' for such 
meeting, the Presiding Bishop may designate another convenient 
place for the holding of such Council, and special meetings may 
be called at other times, in the manner hereafter to be deter- 
mined. 

The General Council shall consist of two Houses — the House 
of Bishops and the Honse of Deputies. 

The House of Bishops shall be composed of all the Bishops of 
this Church having jurisdiction within the Confederate States 
or the Territories thereof. 

Each Diocese shall be entitled to an equal representation — 
clerical and lay — in the House of Deputies. Such representa- 
tion shall consist of not more than three Clergyman and three 
Laymen, communicants in this Church, resident in the Diocese, 
and elected by the Council thereof. 

Before they shall proceed to business, a majority of the Dio- 



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ceses, which shall have adopted this Constitution, shall be repre- 
sented in the Council. The representations from two Dioceses 
shall be sufficient to adjourn. 

In all business of the Council, freedom of debate shall be 
allowed. 

Each House shall have a right to originate acts ; and, when 
any act shall have been passed in either House, it shall be trans- 
mitted to the other House for its consideration. No act shall 
have the operation of law, unless concurred in and authenti- 
cated by both Houses. 

When any proposed act shall have passed the House of Depu- 
ties, and shall be negatived by the House of Bishops, the House 
of Bishops shall, when requested by the House of Deputies, 
signify to it in writing the reasons for non-concurrence, within 
three days after such request shall have been made. 

In all questions, when required by the clerical or lay repre- 
sentation from any Diocese, each order shall have one vote, and 
the majority of suffrages by Dioceses, shall be conclusive in 
each order ; provided such majority comprehend a majority of 
the Dioceses represented in that order. The concurrence of 
both orders shall be nacessary in such case to constitute a vote 
of the House. 

If any Diocese should omit or decline to elect Clerical Depu- 
ties to the Genex - al Council, or should omit or decline to elect 
Lay Deputies, or if any of those of either order elected -should 
fail to attend, such Diocese shall, nevertheless, be considered as 
duly represented by such Deputy or Deputies as may attend, 
whether lay or clerical. And if, through the neglect of any 
Dioeese, which shall have adopted this Constitution, no Deputy 
threfrom, either lay or clerical, should attend the Council, the 
Church in such Diocese shall, nevertheless, be bound by the 
acts of such Council. 

Art. IV. Whenever any one of the Confederate States shall 
contain more than one Diocese, said State may, with the consent 
of all the Dioceses in said State, constitute an Ecclesiastical Pro- 
vince, in which a Provincial Council may be held at least once in 
every three years, which Council shall be made up of all the Bish- 
ops having jurisdiction within the Province, and of such repre- 
sentatives, clerical and lay, from the Dioceses within the Province 
as may be determined, upon by the Diocesan Councils thereof. 



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If there be more than one Bishop within the Province, the senior 
Bishop, by consecration, shall preside in the Provincial Council, 
and when there shall be three, or more than three Bishops, 
they shall form a separate House. 

Whenever such Council shall legislate, its acts shall be of 
force within all the Dioceses embraced within the Province. 

Art. V. There shall be held annually, in each Diocese, a 
Diocesan Council, to be composed of the Bishop or Bishops of 
the Diocese, and of a lay and clerical representation from each 
Parish of the Diocese. This Council shall legislate for only 
Diocesan purposes. 

Art. VI. The Bishop or Bishops, in each Diocese, shall be 
chosen by the Council of that Diocese, agreeably to such rules 
as it may prescribe ; and every Bishop of this Church shall con- 
fine the exercise of his Episcopal office to his proper Diocese, 
unless requested to perform any act of that office by the eclesi- 
astical authority of another Diocese. 

Art. VII. A new Diocese, formed in any of the Confederate 
States, or in any Territory thereof, not now represented, may, 
at any time hereafter, be admitted to. union with, and lepre- 
sentation in, the General Council of this Church, on acceding to 
this Constitution : Provided, there were, at the time of organ- 
izing, and are, at the time of making application for admission, 
at least six officiating Presbyters within such Diocese, regularly 
settled in a Parish or Church. 

A new Diocese may be formed within the limits of any exist- 
ing Diocese, with the consent of its Council and the Bishop or 
Bishops thereof, or, if there be no Bishop, of the Ecclesiastical 
authority thereof; and a new Diocese may be formed within 
the limits of two or more Dioceses, with the like consent : Pro- 
vided, that no such new Diocese shall be formed, which shall 
contain less than ten self-supporting Parishes, or less than ten 
Presbyters who have been for at least one year canonically resi- 
dent within the bounds of such new Diocese, regularly settled 
in a Parish or Congregation, and qualified to vote for a Bishop ; 
nor shall such new Diocese be formed if thereby any existing 
Diocese shall be so reduced as to contain less than fifteen self- 
supporting Parishes, or less than fifteen Presbyters who have 
been residing therein, and settled, and qualified as above-men-- 



tioned: Provided, that no city shall form more than one 
Diocese. 4 

In case a Diocese shall he divided into two or more Dioceses, 
the Diocesan of the Diocese so divided may elect the Diocese 
over which he will preside, and shall hecome the Diocesan 
thereof. And the Assistant Bishop, if there he one, may elect 
the Diocese to which he will he attached ; and, if it he not the 
one elected hy the Bishop, he shall he the Diocesan thereof. 

Akt. VIII. The mode of ti'ying Bishops shall be provided 
hy the General Council. The Court appointed for that purpose 
shall he composed of Bishops only. 

In every Diocese, the mode of trying Presbyters and Deacons 
shall be prescribed by the Council of the Diocese. 

None but a Bishop shall pronounce sentence of admonition, 
suspension, or degradation from the ministry, on any Clergyman, 
whether Bishop, Presbyter, or Deacon. 

Art. IX. No person shall be admitted to Holy Orders, until 
he shall have been examined by the Bishop and by two Pres- 
byters, and shall have exhibited such testimonials and other 
requisites as the Canons in that case provided may direct. 

Nor shall any person be ordained either Deacon or Priest, 
until he shall have subscribed the following declaration, viz : 

"J do believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Tes- 
tament to be the Word of God, and to contain all things neces- 
sary to salvation / and I do solemnly engage to conform to the 
Doctrines and Worship of the Protestant Episcopal Church 
hi the Confederate States of America.'''' 

No person ordained by a foreign Bishop shall be permitted 
to officiate as a Minister of this Church, until he shall have com- 
plied with the Canon or Canons in such case provided, and have 
also subscribed the aforesaid declaration. 

Art. X. A Book of Common Prayer, Administration of 
the Sacraments, and other Bites and Ceremonies of the Church, 
Articles of Religion, and a form and manner of making, or- 
daining and consecrating Bishops, Priests and Deacons, when 
established by the General Council, shall be used in those Dio- 
ceses which shall have adopted this Constitution. No alteration 
or addition shall be made in the Book of Common Prayer, or 
other offices of the Church, or the Articles of Religion, unless 
the same shall be jiroposed in one General Council, and by a 



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resolution thereof made known to the Council of every Diocese, 
approved by a majority of Diocesan Councils, and adopted at 
the subsequent General Council. 

Art. XI. Bishops for foreign countries may, on due appli- 
cation therefrom, be consecrated, with the approbation of a 
majority of the Bishops of this Church, signified in writing to 
the Presiding Bishop ; he thereupon taking order for the same, 
and they being satisfied that the person designated for the office 
has been duly chosen and is properly qualified. 

The order for such Consecration shall be conformed, as near- 
ly as may be, in the judgment of the Bishops, to the one used 
in this Church. 

Bishops, so consecrated, shall not be eligible to the office of 
Diocesan or Assistant Bishop in any Diocese in the Confederate 
States, nor be entitled to a seat in the House of Bishops, nor 
exercise any authority in the said States. 

Art. XII. Any alteration in this Constitution shall be orig- 
inated in the General Council. When adopted in one General 
Council, by a majority of the House of Bishops and by a 
majority of the House of Deputies, said Deputies voting by 
Dioceses and Orders, such alteration shall be made known to 
the several Diocesan Councils, and, if agreed to by two-thirds 
of them, and ratified in the ensuing General Council, the same 
shall be a part of this Constitution. 

On motion of Bishop Elliott, 

Besolved, That the Constitution proposed by the Committee of nine 
appointed at Montgomery, with its amendments as submitted to the 
Convention this morning by its engrossing officer, be adopted as the 
proposed Constitution of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the 
Confederate States of America. 

2. That this Constitution be printed and that a copy of it be sent 
to each of the Secretaries of the Diocesan Conventions within the 
Confederate States, with the request that it be laid before their 
respective Conventions for consideration and ratification. 

3. That each Convention, when it shall have ratified the Constitu- 
tion, is requested to elect three Clerical and three Lay Deputies to 
the General Council to be held in Augusta, Ga., on the second 
Wednesday of November, 1862. 

4. That when the Conventions of all the Dioceses within the Con- 
federate States shall have had an opportunity of acting upon this 
Constitution, if seven or more of them shall have adopted it, the 
Presiding Bishop shall declare the Union of those Dioceses to be 
complete and the Constitution to be of force over said Dioceses so 
adopting it. 



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Bishop Otey resumed the Chair. 
On motion of Rev. Mr. Trapier, 

Rasolved, That the Committee on Constitution and Canons be in- 
structed to print, in pamphlet, the said Constitution and Eevised 
Canons, and to send to the Secretary of each Diocesan Convention 
of the Protestant Episcopal Church now in the Confederate States, 
or which may be so before the first meeting of the General Council, 
two copies of the pamphlet for every clergyman of the Protestant 
Episcopal Chuch in their respective Dioceses. 

On motion of Rev. Mr. Wilmer, 

Resolved, That this Convention recommend to the several Dioceses 
within the Confederate States, until more permanent action can be 
taken, the provisional adoption of the body of Canons known as the 
" Canons of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of 
America/' so far as they are not in conflict with the political relations 
of the Confederate States, and do not interfere with the necessities 
of our condition. 

Bishop Gregg, in behalf of the Committee on Missions, offered 
the following resolutions, which, on motion, were adoj^ted, to 
wit : 

Resolved 1. That this Convention renew the recommendation made 
by the Convention at Montgomery in July last, for the support of 
our Missionary Work, Foreign and Domestic. 

2. That until further provision shall have been made, the general 
domestic fund in the Confederate States be distributed among the 
Bishops, for their respective fields, according *to the ratio of appro- 
priation made by the Domestic Committee of the Protestant Epis- 
copal Church of the United States for the present year. 

Convention took a recess till 1 o'clock, P. M. 



EVENING SESSION. 

Convention resumed its session at 7 o'clock, P. M. — Bishop 
Johns in the Chair. 

The Secretary read a certificate attesting the appointment of 
Rev. J. W. Rogers a Deputy to this Convention from the Dio- 
cese of Tennessee ; and the Rev. Mr. Rogers appeared and took 
his seat. 

The Committee to which was referred the petition of the 
delegation from the Diocese of Alabama, made the following 
Report : 

The undersigned, to whom was referred the petition of the 
deputation from the Diocese of Alabama, asking counsel and 
direction in the trying circumstances in which the Church in 
that State finds itself placed, have had the same under careful 
consideration. While sympathizing very sincerely with the 



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Church in Alabama, and with our whole Communion in that dis- 
pensation of Divine Providence, which, within the year past, 
has called its venerated and beloved Bishop from his earthly 
labors to the reward of his Faith and works in a better world, 
we have, within the same period, been called, as now, to mourn 
over and lament the afflictions and trials which war has brought 
upon our country. All the Confederate States, by the goodness 
of God, possess the privilege of Episcopal supervision, except 
Alabama. The ordinary course of canonical procedings for the 
election and consecration of a Bishop has been stopped by the 
interruption of all intercoure between the Northern and South- 
ern States in the late Federal Union. This interruption, however, 
of social and ecclesiastical intercourse between brethren of the 
same communion, however much to be regretted, has been 
occasioned by circumstances, over which the Church in its ec- 
clesiastical organization has had no control, and it is still highly 
desirable and earnestly wished that the " unity of the Spirit " 
be preserved by us all " in the bond of peace," and that that 
same spirit of love and peace which our Lord so earnestly 
inculcated in his first followers be cultivated and cherished 
among us. 

While, therefore, we propose no change in the doctrine, dis- 
cipline and worship of the Church in the organzation which has 
existed among us for eighty years past, we think that no alter- 
ations should be made in our forms and offices, further than shall 
be found indispensable in consequence of the political changes 
which force them upon us. 

We would therefore advise, that the Diocese of Alabama pro- 
ceed under such regulations as have heretofore existed and still 
exist in the Diocese for the election of a Bishop, and, as the 
canons now prepared for the government of the Church in the 
Confederate States require, to lay the evidence's of election 
before the Standing Committees of the several Dioceses in the 
Confederate States, which shall be transmitted to the Senior 
Bishop in the same, who shall take order for the consecration 
of the Bishop elect according to the usages and canons of the 
Church. 

(Signed.) WM. MEADE, 

JAS. H. OTEY, 
STEPHEN ELLIOTT. 



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On motion of Mr. Fairbanks, 

Resolved, That 1,500 copies of the Journal of this Convention be 
printed, under the direction of the Secretary, and that he be author- 
ized to draw on the different Dioceses for their proportion of the 
expenses of this Convention ; and that the Secretary forward to each 
deputy to this Convention one copy, to each Bishop five copies, and 
to each clergyman in the Confederate States two copies of the 
same. 

On motion of Mr. Smith, 

Resolved, That this Convention approves of the changes, that have 
been recommended by the Bishops in the Liturgy of the Church, 
made necestary by the political changes of the country. 

On motion of Bishop Gregg, 

Resolved, That the Report made by the committee, " appointed to 
draft a plan for carrying on the Missionary operations of the Protes- 
tant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States," be printed as a 
part of the Journal and laid over for consideration at the meeting of 
the General Council in November, 1862, to wit : 

EEPOET OF THE COMMITTEE OS" MISSIONS. 

The Committee appointed " to draft a plan for carrying on 
the missionary operations of the Protestant Episcopal Church 
in the Confederate States," have given to the subject their 
earnest consideration, and respectfully submit the following 
report : 

The missionary work of the Church, though second to no 
other in importance, is yet surrounded by peculiar difficulties, 
and involves in some of its essential features, as well as practical 
details, a diversity of opinion which will doubtless continue more 
or less to prevail. 

The pressure of imperfection will not cease to be felt in every 
effort of this kind for the advancement of the kingdom of 
Christ. It has been painfully experienced, heretofore, in the 
acknowledged fact that our missionary contributions have not 
been made according to the high standard of the Gospel, 
" If any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God 
giveth." 

This state of things, though chiely attributable to a lack of 
the missionary spirit in the great mass of the Church, has 
doubtless resulted, in part, from the manner in which the work 
has hitherto been carried on by the cumbrous and expensive 
machinery of a Board of Missions, with local committees and 
various salaried officers — a system which appears to have been 
as ineffective in its results as it was a departure from the true 



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principles of missionary action. And, though we may fail in 
any plan that shall be adopted to attain a full measure of suc- 
cess — and will surely fail unless a missionary spirit is generally 
diffused among our people — something must be done and that 
speedily, for the "field is the world," and "the harvest is 
ripe." 

To reach, therefore, the end in view, the Committee respect- 
fully suggest the adoption of the following resolutions, as 
embodying the most feasible plan for carrying on the necessary 
work: 

Resolved, That the House of Bishops shall so far have control of 
the general missionary work of the Church, as to designate and es- 
tablish missionary stations in foreign countries, arrange missionary 
districts in States or Tertitories at home, not organized into Dioceses, 
arrange the boundaries of their jurisdictions, and provide regulations 
and instructions for their guidance ; and, with the concurrence of 
the House of Deputies, appoint the Bishops, it being understood, 
however, that each missionary Bishop, foreign or domestic, shall have, 
as far as may be consistent with the foregoing provisions, the direc- 
tion of all missionary operations within his own Diocese or district, 
and in every case the appointment of the missionaries under him. 

2. Resolved, That the House of Bishops shall fix the ratio of dis- 
tribution among the Dioceses, districts or foreign stations, respec- 
tively, which are to be provided for, and the salaries of the mission- 
ary Bishops, leaving to every individual the liberty of making specific 
offerings. 

3. Resolved, That the House of Bishops shall appoint two Trea- 
surers in Charleston, South Carolina, to receive and distribute, res- 
pectively, the foreign and domestic fund — the said Treasurers to 
cause to be published from time to time, all missionary receipts and 
expenditures, and to make an annual report to the House of 
Bishops, retaining of funds in their hands a certain per centage, to 
be fixed by the House of Bishops, for defraying all necessary ex- 
penses. 

4. Resolved, That each Bishop, for whose Diocese or district mis- 
sionary appropriations may be made, shall report annually, and 
also at any meeting of the General Council of the Church, to the 
House of Bishops. 

5. Resolved, That the Clergy be earnestly requested, as far as may 
be practicable, to adopt the system of monthly offerings in their 
respective churches or congregations. 

ALEX. GREGG:, Chairman. 

On motion of Mr. Williams, of Va., 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Convention be presented to the 
Secretary and Asistant Secretary for the diligent and satisfactory 
manner in which they have performed their duties. 

On motion of Rev. Mr. Wilmer, 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Convention are hereby tendered 



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to the Bectors and congregations of the churches in Columbia, and 
to the citizens of the same, for their generous hospitality. 

Mr. Fairbanks, on behalf of the Committee on expenses, made 
the following report, which was adopted, to wit : 

The Committee appointed to ascertain the expenses of this 
Convention and the preceding Convention and apportion the 
same, report, that they estimate the expenses of the present 
Convention for printing at the sum of Four Hundred and 
Twenty-five Dollars, and -that the sum of Eighty Dollars re- 
mains unpaid on account of the expenses of the preceding Con- 
vention. They have therefore apportioned the expenses as fol- 
lows, upon the basis of an assessment based upon the number 
of Clergy in each Diocese, and have added to the apportion- 
ment, made for the expenses of this Convention, the sum neces- 
sary to meet the amount still due for expenses of the former 
Convention, upon such Dioceses as are in arrears for the same. 
The assessment is as follows : 

Virginia $120 00 

North Carolina 50 00 

South Carolina 77 00 

Georgia 30 00 

Florida, (arrears $10) 19 00 

Alabama 30 00 

Mississippi, (arrears $20) 53 00 

Louisiana, (arrears $20) 56 00 

Texas, (arrears $10) 24 00 

Tennessee, (arrears $20) 44 00 

G. R. FAIRBANKS, Chairman. 

On motion of Rev. Mr. Clarke, 

Resolved, That the present circumstances of our country call for . 
redoubled efforts for the extension of the Church, and that the 
Rectors of all our Parishes be requested to endeavor to excite a true 
missionary spirit among our people. 

On motion of Rev. Mr. Wilmer, 

Resolved, That this Convention in view of the present circumstances 
of the country, recognize with peculiar solemnity the duty of the 
Church towards the people of the African race within our borders, 
and earnestly urges upon the ministry and laymen of the Church 
increased effort for the spiritual improvement of this people. 



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After the singing of the Gloria in Excelsis, and the offering of 
Prayers by the lit. Rev. President, the Convention, on motion 
of Bishop Atkinson, adjourned sine die. 

WM. MEADE, Bp. of Virginia, 

and Presiding Bishop. 
Attest — Jno. M. Mitchell, 
Secretary. 



RESOLUTIONS 

ADOPTED BY THE CONVENTION IX MONTGOMERY AND ENDORSED 
AT THE ADJOURNED CONTENTION IN COLUMBIA. 

Resolved, That it be recommeded to the Bishops, Clergy, and Laity, 
of the Confederate States, to remit for the present, their contributions 
for Domestic Missions, to J. K. Sass, Esq., President of the Bank of 
Charleston, S. C, who shall distribute, pro rata, among the present 
Missionaries of the Domestic Board, in the Confederate States, the 
amount contributed for general purposes, and send to their destina- 
tion the amouuts contributed for special purposes. 

Resolved, That it be recommeded to the Dioceses of the Confederate 
States, especially to sustain the missions in the South Western Mis- 
sionary District, and in Texas and Florida ; and to provide for the 
support of the Episcopate in the jurisdictions of Texas and the South 
West. 

Resolved, That it be recommended to the Bishops, Clergy and Lai- 
ty, of the Confederate States, to remit their contributions for Foreign 
Missions, to Mr. Henry Trescott, of Charleston, S. C, who shall remit 
the amount to our Foreign Missionaries. All contributors to Foreign 
Missions are requested to specify the Missions to which they desire 
their contributions to be sent. 



P. 0. ADDRESS OF THE PRESIDING BISHOP. 

RIGHT REV. WM. MEADE, D. D. 

MILLWOOD, TA. 






AGENT FOR DOMESTIC MISSIONS IN THE CONFEDERATE STATES. 

J. K. SASS, Esq., 

CHARLESTON, S. C. 
AGEXT FOR FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

MR. HENRY TRESCOTT, 

CHARLESTON, S. C. 



The first General Council of the Protectant Episcopal Church 
in the Confederate States of America will meet in Augusta, Ca., 
the second "Wednesday of November, 1802.